Just a quick follow up on my tank train.
I finally finished the 10 Shermans. They were all given a fresh coat of Olive Drab and given US Army serial numbers. In addition, canvas covers were added to the guns, machine gun ports and radio antenna base. They are all Corgi 1:50 tanks.
This is one heavy train!
Diecast military vehicle loads make for a heavy train. My military train usually runs between 12 and 15 flatcars and I notice the weight when I pull it along by hand to couple it. A single two motor diesel pulls the train along no problem on a level track, but I haven’t tried it on inclines. Some steamers have a problem getting it started though even on level track.
I measured the weight of a few of my military flat cars to compare it with the NMRA recommended weight for 14” O scale car of 19 oz.
Menards 14” flat car – 9.5 oz
Menards 14” flat car with 2 diecast centurion tacks – 17.5 oz
Menards 14” flat car with 2 halftracks – 21.5 oz
Menards 14” flat car with 2 plastic Tamiya Sherman tanks – 15.5 oz
Menards 14” flat car with 2 Deuce and a half– 20.5 oz
MTH Premier 14” flat car – 14.5 oz
MTH Premier 14” flat car with 2 Wolverine tank destroyers – 26.5 oz
MTH Premier 14” flat car with 2 Solido 105mm howitzers – 24.5 oz
I thought they would all be well over the NMRA recommendation and also found it interesting that the MTH flat cars were much heavier than the Menards cars. I had to weight everything separately because my scale only goes to 18 oz. I thought the vehicles would be heavier too, but when I lifted them, they didn’t seem to have the heft of solid diecast. I suspect that (aside from the canons), the “diecast” models are at least partly made of plastic.
Maybe the Corgi Tanks are all diecast.